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Feb 10, 2017 Charles C. Lee and Frank H. Ling
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The fight over GMO foods is more complicated than just the question of their safety.  On this issue, McKay Jenkins discussed the fight over GMO foods.
Topics: science, GMO, food, groks
Source: Groks Science Radio Show Podcast
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Jan 18, 2017 Danny Chan
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The field of "ancient DNA" is using molecular biology to open new vistas of understanding and holds an intriguing technological possibility: cloning an extinct species. But is it really possible? What are the challenges? On this episode, we are joined by Beth Shapiro as she explains some elements of her book, How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of De-Extinction.
Topics: evolution, ecology, ancient, mammoth, science, groks
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Jan 1, 2017 Danny Chan
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There is much excitement about the future of humans in space, especially when it comes to Mars and the Moon. On this episode we are joined by the authors of Beyond Earth, Amanda Hendrix and Charles Wohlforth, who envision a future in the outer solar system. We explore topics from their book and gain insight into the process of science writing.
Topics: space, science, groks, interview, book, cassini
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Dec 20, 2016 Charles Lee and Frank Ling
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Every December, the largest gathering of scientists in the world takes place in San Francisco.   On this episode , Grok's geotech correspondent joins us to discuss this year's fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union. Topics include coal power, carbon sequestration, and Mekong River Delta monitoring. 
Topics: AGU, American Geophysical Union, carbon, emissions, Mekong, geography, oceans, hazards, mitigation,...
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Nov 30, 2016 Danny Chan
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Despite scientific research linking meat consumption to health complications and environmental burden our society's hunger for meat is growing. On this episode, we discuss with the author of Meathooked, Marta Zaraska, about the biological, cultural and historical reasons behind our obsession with meat.
Topics: science, environment, health, vegetarianism, culture, beef, chicken, pork
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Nov 29, 2016 Charles C. Lee and Frank H. Ling
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Viscose rayon has been manufactured for over a century, but it continues to be a major health hazard to those involved in its production.  On this episode, Paul D. Blanc discussed the lethal history of viscose rayon.
Topics: science, technology, viscose, rayon
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Nov 29, 2016 Charles C. Lee and Frank H. Ling
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Wearable technology has changed the way we interact with our mobile devices.  On this episode, Nile Nickel reviewed the new Apple watch.
Topics: science, technology, apple, watch
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Nov 11, 2016 Charles Lee and Frank Ling
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A cure was beyond reach. Death seemed inevitable. How did one man's search for meaning lead to the eradication of a 10,000-year old disease? On this program, Larry Brilliant discusses how his quest to find himself lead to the disappearance of one of mankind's most virulent diseases, smallpox.
Topics: small pox, WHO, epidemiology, India, health, infection diseases
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Nov 2, 2016 Danny Chan
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There are many species on our planet which use venom for a diversity of survival situations. These creatures have fascinated scientists and amateurs alike. On this episode we chat with toxin biologist and science blogger Christie Wilcox about her new book Venomous.
Topics: venom, jellyfish, science, groks
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Oct 24, 2016 Charles C. Lee and Frank H. Ling
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The dinosaurs that roamed South America have generally not been well studied, but new discoveries have uncovered a remarkable lost world of giant creatures that roamed this continent.  On this episode, Donald Prothero discussed these Giants of the Lost World.
Topics: science, dinosaurs, paleontology, groks
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Oct 16, 2016 Charles Lee and Frank Ling
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What do ice core bubbles tell us about the Earth's past? On this program, Takuro Kobashi joins us to discuss the last 4000 years of Greenland's reconstructed temperature, the implications on understanding climate change and societal impacts.
Topics: carbon dioxide, climate change, ice cores, Greenland, climate change, ice cores, Greenland, drilling
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Oct 5, 2016 Danny Chan
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In this episode, we interview Steve Silberman about his book Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity. This is book is a very readable and engaging narrative through the history of autism and how it shapes the present.
Topics: autism, history, neurodiversity, science, groks
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Sep 27, 2016 Charles C. Lee and Frank H. Ling
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Although vaccinations have cured several diseases, many parents are now choosing not to have their children vaccinated.  On this episode, Jennifer Reich discussed why parents decide not to vaccinate their children.
Topics: vaccination, science, biology, groks
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Sep 22, 2016 Ittai Eres and Unjin Lee
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Ittai Eres and Unjin Lee discuss this year's Ig Nobel prizes, and review some of the most interesting award recipients from the past.
Topics: science, ig nobel, nobel, prize, award, darwin, groks, groks science show
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Sep 15, 2016 Charles Lee and Frank Ling
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What is shaking in California? Our resident geotech join us to talk about the leaning tower of San Francisco, the California High Speed Rail, Techron gas, and renewables in Texas.
Topics: geotech, pile driving, San Francisco, Bush, Renewables, Texas, High Speed Rail, Chevron, Techron
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Sep 7, 2016 Danny Chan
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In this episode we interview Lydia Pyne about her new book Seven Skeletons: The Evolution of the World's Most Famous Fossils. It is an exploration of the many facets of scientific communication and knowledge as highlighted by seven famous ancient human skeletons.
Topics: science, humans, fossils, knowledge, history
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Aug 31, 2016 Charles C. Lee and Frank H. Ling
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Although technology is often accepted unquestioningly, the potential for unethical use of technologies is always present.  On this episode, Prof. Sheila Jasanoff discussed the ethics of invention.
Topics: science, ethics, technology, groks
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Aug 25, 2016 Charles C. Lee and Frank H. Ling
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Medical mishaps are becoming more common, but what can be done to prevent them?  On this episode, RJ Austin discussed dealing with medical mistakes.
Topics: science, medicine, groks
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Aug 18, 2016 Danny Chan
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In this episode we interview Matt Wilkinson about his book, Restless Creatures. This book is an exploration of the diversity life though the lens of locomotion.
Topics: animals, locomotion, science, interview
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Aug 4, 2016 Danny Chan
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In this episode, we interview Joseph Henrich about his book, The Secret of Our Success: How Culture Is Driving Human Evolution, Domesticating Our Species, and Making Us Smarter. His central thesis is that human genetics is shaped by our culture facilitated by our capacity for social learning. And we bring back the Grok-O-Tron 5000 to give away a copy of his book!
Topics: science, anthropology, human evolution, culture, evolution
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Jul 29, 2016 Danny Chan
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In this interview with Marcelo Gleiser we talk about his 2014 book, "The Island of Knowledge" and then hear a little about his new book "The Simple Beauty of the Unexpected".
Topics: science, groks
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Jul 28, 2016 Charles Lee and Frank H. Ling
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How can Nordic society inform the construction of our own society in the United States?  On this episode, Anu Partanen discussed the Nordic Theory of Everything.
Topics: science, public policy, society, groks
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Jul 26, 2016 Charles Lee and Frank Ling
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Is your inclination to socialize linked to your allergies? Until now, human behavior was not believed to be influenced by the immune system; however, recent findings suggest otherwise. On this program, Anthony Filiano discusses how interferon molecule, an immune molecule, is needed to socialize in a variety of different animals.
Topics: social behavior, immunity, interferon
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Jul 26, 2016 Charles Lee and Frank Ling
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Is your inclination to socialize linked to your allergies? Until now, human behavior was not believed to be influenced by the immune system; however, recent findings suggest otherwise. On this program, Anthony Filiano discusses how interferon molecule, an immune molecule, is needed to socialize in a variety of different animals.
Topics: immune system, social behavior, interferon, brain
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Jul 9, 2016 Unjin Lee
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In this edited episode aired live on June 29th, Unjin and Ron discuss the second event detected by LIGO, gene changes in a cadaver, Space X and what Brexit means for Horizon 2020.
Topics: science, radio, news, LIGO, radio
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Jul 6, 2016 Charles C. Lee and Frank H. Ling
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The Zika virus has become an epidemic in Brazil, so much so that it has caused many to question holding the Olympic games in Brazil.  On this episode, Dr. Joe Alton discussed the Zika Virus and the Olympics.
Topics: science, olympics, zika, groks
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Jun 21, 2016 Charles C. Lee and Frank H. Ling
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Camera traps have enabled a fascinating view of animals in their native habitat.  On this episode, Roland Kays discussed the creatures observed by camera traps.
Topics: science, biology, ecology, groks
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Jun 19, 2016 Ittai Eres/Unjin Lee
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A live Groks Science talk show from June 15th, 2016! Topics include gravitational waves, a potential pollution solution, resilience of coral in the Great Barrier Reef, association between social media use and depression, a 3rd sex in bearded dragons, the obfuscation of the night sky, complex bone engineering, the origins of King Tut's dagger, 4 newly named elements, entertainers endorsing junk food, and chiral molecules in space.
Topics: science, groks, news, biology, physics, astronomy, psychology, chemistry
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Jun 12, 2016 Charles Lee and Frank Ling
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America is already great, as President Obama has reminded us. But does the country have a strategy? Perhaps militarily but does the country have a grand vision for prosperity, security, and sustainability? On this episode, Joel Makower discusses America's path to a brighter future in his new book The Grand Strategy.
Topics: America, sustainability, environment, energy, Pentagon, strategy, policies, walkable communities
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May 25, 2016 Danny Chan
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From extremophillic bacteria to the Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intellegence, NASA Ames to fictional sentient nebulae: there is a long history of fascination with weird life. In this episode we discuss the book Weird Life: The Search for Life That Is Very, Very Different from Our Own with its author, David Toomey.
Topics: groks, science, science fiction, books, biology, theoretical biology
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May 18, 2016 Charles C. Lee and Frank H. Ling
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Is risk taking a natural behavior?  What are the biological underpinnings of risk behavior?  On this episode, Kayt Sukel discussed the art of risk.
Topics: science, risk, groks
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May 18, 2016 Charles Lee and Frank Ling
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In our fast-paced world of modern dating, what does it take to succeed? What does our posture say about who we are? On this program, Tanya Vacharkulksemsuk discussed how open postures improves one's chance at getting a first date.
Topics: dating, body language, open postures, tinder, non-verbal behavior, romance, dominance, openness,...
Source: Groks Science Radio Show Podcast
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May 5, 2016 Samantha Thomas
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All living things are regulated from the molecules in our bloodstream to the populations of animals on the African Savanna. Today, Sean Carroll joins us to discuss the logic of regulation as well as how these principles can be applied to treat disease and heal ecosystems.
Topics: regulation, animals, ecology, conservation, Sean Carroll, groks science show
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Apr 27, 2016 Charles C. Lee and Frank H. Ling
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How can traumatic events be passed to subsequent generations?  On this episode, Mark Wolynn discussed identifying and treating intergenerational trauma.
Topics: science, groks, biology, epigenetics, psychology
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Apr 23, 2016 Charles Lee and Frank Ling
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The evolution of microbial communities (microbiota) and viruses have broad implications on human health and how animals and plants change. On this program, Michael Shapira discusses his work on how microbes shape evolution. Lulan Wang also joins to discuss the mutation of the virus that cause the Zika fever.
Topics: zika, probiotics, microbiology, biota, microbiota, gut, immunity, metabolism, asia-pacific, rio,...
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Apr 21, 2016 Samantha Thomas
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We are all born curious and a healthy sense of curiosity can benefit a person in many ways. However, modern technology threatens human curiosity. Today Ian Leslie tells us about the benefits of this trait, why it is in danger, and how you can strengthen your own natural curiosity.
Topics: curiosity, Ian Leslie, technology, psychology, groks science show
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Apr 11, 2016 Adam Cloe
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What's in a face?  On this episode, we talk with Jason Rogers, who recently used the Noldus software to study the science of "resting b*** face" (RBF).
Topics: science, groks, Jason Rogers, RBF, science of shafe
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Apr 7, 2016
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In this episode of the Groks Science Show, we speak with Jason Rogers, who used the Noldus software to analyze "resting b**** face" or RBF. 
Topics: groks, groks show, Jason Rogers, RBF, science of shafe
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Mar 30, 2016 Charles C. Lee and Frank H. Ling
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Are child prodigies and those with autism related?  On this episode, Kimberly Stephens discussed prodigy's cousin.
Topics: prodigy, groks, autism, science
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Mar 24, 2016 Charles C. Lee and Frank H. Ling
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Meat is a staple of the diet of many cultures, but its use may be outweighed by many factors.  On this episode, Marta Zaraska discussed the history of our obsession with meat.
Topics: science, groks, meat, diet, history
Source: Groks Science Radio Show Podcast
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Mar 15, 2016 Samantha Thomas
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In January 2016, the World Health Organization predicted that Zika virus would spread through most of the Americas by the end of the year. Today Dr. Brenda Wilson discusses the origin of the Zika virus, its connection to microcephaly, and what is being done to stop its spread.
Topics: Zika, zika virus, Brenda Wilson, outbreak, microcephaly, groks science show, health
Source: Groks Science Radio Show Podcast
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Mar 12, 2016 Charles Lee and Frank Ling
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For most grown ups, a foreign language may seem unintelligible. But, human languages may be more similar than one might think. On this program, Tanmoy Bhattacharya discusses  a common structure underlying word meaning that is independent of culture and geography.
Topics: semantics, language, santa fe institute, modeling, linguistics
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Mar 3, 2016 Samantha Thomas
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Predicted 100 years ago by Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity, gravitational waves have finally been detected. Today Dr. Marco Cavaglia, assistant spokesperson for the LIGO scientific collaboration, joins us to explain what these waves are, how they were detected, and what they can tell us about the universe.
Topics: gravitational waves, gravity, physics, LIGO, Marco Cavaglia, groks science show
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Feb 26, 2016 Charles C. Lee and Frank H. Ling
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Narcissism and psychopathy are not generally well regarded personality traits, but how do we identify those personality types.  On this program, Dr. Frieda Birnbaum discussed these aberrant personality types.
Topics: psychology, groks, science
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Feb 18, 2016 Charles Lee and Frank Ling
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The recents events linked to terrorism have renewed the debate on balancing individual privacy and public security. On this program, Michael Kearns discusses algorithms that could ensure privacy while maintaining public security, as well as how these frameworks differ from cyber-encryption.
Topics: cybersecurity, privacy, counterterrorism, noise
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Feb 17, 2016 Samantha Thomas
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While we may be born with some innate food preferences, most of our eating habits are learned and vary dramatically across cultures. On this episode, Bee Wilson discusses how we learn to eat and whether we can change our approach to food.
Topics: food, diet, obesity, health, Bee Wilson, groks, science
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Feb 3, 2016 Samantha Thomas
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In this episode, we talk with Christie Aschwanden, the lead science writer for Fivethirtyeight.com about what she found when she used some common tools utilized in nutrition research.
Topics: groks, groks science show, nutrition, food, christie aschwanden, fivethirtyeight
Source: Groks Science Radio Show Podcast
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Jan 28, 2016 Charles Lee and Frank Ling
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How do con artists ply their trade?  And, who is a potential victim?  On this episode, Maria Konnikova discussed the confidence game.
Topics: science, psychology, con, con artists, groks
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Jan 20, 2016 Samantha Thomas
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The interaction between humans and animals has varied dramatically throughout human history. Animals have been seen as spiritual figures, servants, food, and pampered pets. On this episode, Brian Fagan discusses how animals have shaped our history and how our conception of them has changed over time.
Topics: animals, history, brian fagan, groks science show
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Jan 13, 2016 Charles Lee and Frank Ling
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The international negotiations for addressing climate change has been fraught with rancor but the COP-21 meeting in Paris last month marks a turning point. On this program, David Victor discusses the Paris Agreement, the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions, and what needs to be done to truly address the global climate problem.
Topics: climate change, mitigation, greenhouse gases, energy, nuclear, CCS, carbon, France, INDC
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Jan 8, 2016 Charles Lee and Frank Ling
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Are we prepared to cope with food shortages? What can we can learn from how societies coped with past climate induced crop disasters? On this program, Margaret Nelson discusses how social factors plays a role determining the survivability of societies. Plus, the Groks' review of The Force Awakens!
Topics: climate adaptation, food security, networks, mobility
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Jan 7, 2016 Samantha Thomas
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The history of ancient human civilization is mysterious almost by definition. While many archaeologists agree with the general timeline taught in school, others believe something is drastically wrong with this theory. On this episode, journalist Graham Hancock presents an alternative story of civilization’s past. using evidence from geology, archaeology, and global myths
Topics: Graham Hancock, geology, archaeology, history, ancient, civilization, comet, atlantis
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Dec 17, 2015 Charles C. Lee and Frank H. Ling
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What does mythology tell us about the scientific environment of those who created them?  On this episode, Matt Kaplan discussed the science of the magical.
Topics: science, mythology, History, groks
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Dec 16, 2015 Samantha Thomas
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Scientists can now make precise changes to the DNA of humans and animals thanks to recent advances in gene editing technology. However a group of concerned scientists have called for a worldwide moratorium on gene editing to discuss its potential risks. Today we speak with Stanford law professor, Dr. Hank Greely about the medical promises of this technology and why scientists are so hesitant to use it.
Topics: Gene editing, gene drive, ethics, hank greely, genetics
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Dec 12, 2015 Charles Lee and Frank Ling
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What are the effects of climate change on forests? Do elevated temperatures affect plant physiology and the ability to uptake greenhouse gases? On this program, William Anderegg discusses how global warming affects nighttime plant respiration, how forests play a role in mitigating climate change, and the forthcoming climate agreement.
Topics: climate change, forestry, REDD, CO2, COP21, IPCC, mitigation, adaptation
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Dec 3, 2015 Samantha Thomas
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Throughout history, physicians have made use of the placebo effect. Now, scientists are trying to understand how and why placebos work. Today Professor John Kelley, the Deputy Director of the Program in Placebo Studies & the Therapeutic Encounter at Harvard Medical School discusses the mechanisms of the placebo effect and its role in medicine.
Topics: Groks, Science, Medicine, Psychology, Placebo, Placebo Effect, John Kelley
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Dec 3, 2015 Samantha Thomas
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Throughout history, physicians have made use of the placebo effect. Now, scientists are trying to understand how and why placebos work. Today Professor John Kelley, the Deputy Director of the Program in Placebo Studies & the Therapeutic Encounter at Harvard Medical School discusses the mechanisms of the placebo effect and its role in medicine.
Topics: groks, science, medicine, placebos, John Kelley, placebo effect, psychology
Source: Groks Science Radio Show Podcast
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Nov 24, 2015 Charles C. Lee and Frank H. Ling
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Traumatic brain injury can result in the emergence of severe psychiatric symptoms.  On this episode, Dr. Sandeep Vaishnavi discussed the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatic problems associated with traumatic brain injury.
Topics: science, neuroscience, brain injury, TBI, groks
Source: Groks Science Radio Show Podcast
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Nov 19, 2015 Samantha Thomas
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The connection between scent and memory is powerful and can be startling. Many people have been caught off-guard by strong memories brought about simply by catching an everyday scent. Today we’re speaking with Dr. Virginia Barry, Chicago psychoanalyst and author of the unique book Scratch and Sniff Proust. She’ll help us understand the neuroscience behind the strong connection between memory and scent and why the brain is wired this way.
Topics: scent, senses, smell, memory, neuroscience, psychiatry, Groks Science Show, Virginia Barry
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Nov 14, 2015 Charles Lee and Frank Ling
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How do aerosols, or tiny particles, affect the climate? Do they block solar radiation or warm the planet? On this program, John Moore discusses the science of dust in the sky and how we could mitigate the effects of hurricanes.
Topics: aerosols, atmospheric chemistry, carbon, NOX, SOX, geoengineering, hurricanes
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Nov 5, 2015 Samantha Thomas
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In 1922, two famous men publically debated the nature of time. Albert Einstein was gaining attention for his theory of relativity, the mathematics of which suggested several strange, non-intuitive properties of time.  At the same time, the philosopher Henri Bergson was widely known for theorizing that time is intrinsically tied to human consciousness. The debate changed both men’s legacies and continues to shape the way we understand time today.
Topics: Albert Einstein, Henri Bergson, time, groks science show, physics, philosophy
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Nov 3, 2015 Charles Lee and Frank Ling
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The history of neuroscience is still in a relative infancy compared with other sciences. On this episode, Tom Jackson discusses an illustrates history of the brain.
Topics: science, groks, neuroscience, history, groks
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Oct 22, 2015 Samantha Thomas
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Richard Feynman is known as one of the most imaginative and beloved physicists in history, reaching a public popularity that is uncommon for his field. Today we speak with his daughter Michelle Feynman about the collection of her father’s quotes that she recently published as well as stories and memories she has of him.
Topics: Richard Feynman, Michelle Feynman, physics, biography, groks science show
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Oct 7, 2015 Samantha Thomas
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In this episode we talk with Dr. David Hand about his book "The Improbability Principle" and why "miracles" and coincidences happen much more often than we would expect.
Topics: improbability, statistics, groks, science, math
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Oct 7, 2015 Charles Lee and Frank Ling
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Narcissism may have become more prevalent any even celebrated in society.  On this episode, Dr. Joseph Burgo discussed the narcissist you know.
Topics: narcissism, science, psychology, groks
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Sep 24, 2015 Charles C. Lee
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Mixed severity fires help to rejuvenate the forests, but how will current policy shifts affect the health of the forests.  On this episode, Dominick DellaSalla discussed the importance of mixed severity fires.
Topics: fires, forestry, groks
Source: Groks Science Radio Show Podcast
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Sep 16, 2015 Samantha Thomas
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Games are great at activating our motivation and putting us in a problem solving mindset. But once we turn off the screen, we don’t always apply these skills to our actual lives. Today Jane McGonigal joins us to discuss SuperBetter, a method of using a gameful mindset to approach life’s challenges.
Topics: SuperBetter, Jane McGonigal, games
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Sep 16, 2015 Charles Lee and Frank Ling
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Scientists have long known and taught that mercury, or specifically, its methylated form, is a neuro toxin in humans and animals. But where does it come from? On this program, Jennifer Cossaboon talks about a surprising source of mercury in the seas.
Topics: mercury, ocean, neurotoxin, shedding, elephant seals, Año Nuevo State Reserve
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Sep 2, 2015 Samantha Thomas
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Despite increasing awareness about autism, it remains one of the most mysterious topics of this generation. Autism’s controversial biological cause is matched by its convoluted history and the uncertain standing of autistic people in today’s world. On this episode, Steve Silberman addresses some of the mysteries of autism and suggests that we don’t actually need to solve them before we move forward. 
Topics: Autism, Steve Silberman, Groks Science Show
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Aug 26, 2015 Samantha Thomas
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Some of us see self-driving cars as futuristic, not likely to become popular in our lifetime. But several companies are getting very close to launching their first lines of unmanned vehicles and many people want them. Today Corey Clothier of Local Motors joins us to talk about the state of autonomous vehicles, when they’ll be available, and how they could change the way we commute and travel.
Topics: driverless, autonomous, cars, automotive, unmanned, vehicles, corey clothier, science, technology,...
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Aug 24, 2015 Charles C. Lee and Frank H. Ling
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How much of the aging process is inevitable and how much can we control?  On this episode, Dr. Michael Roizen discussed controlling the aging process.
Topics: science, technology, groks, aging
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Aug 20, 2015 Charles Lee and Frank Ling
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The brain works by sending signals between cells through the rapid-fire release of neurotransmitters. For the first time, scientists using synchrotron radiation have observed the molecular complexes that facilitates the signaling. On this program, Axel Brunger discusses how the SNARE and synaptotagmin-1 proteins join to trigger communication between brain cells.
Topics: brain, SNARE, neurotransmitters, synaptotagmin-1, SLAC, SSRL, synchrotron
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Aug 5, 2015 Adam Cloe
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On this episode, we talk with Dr. Kathie Olsen, the former Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer of the National Science Foundation and current head of Science Works, about the current budgetary crunch in scientific funding and how it affects researchers in the United States. 
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Aug 4, 2015 Charles Lee and Frank Ling
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Watching a pet suffer through an illness can be heartbreaking, but can cannabis be a therapeutic to alleviate pain in animals?  On this episode, Darlene Arden discussed medical cannabis for animals.
Topics: cannabis, pets, groks, science
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Jul 29, 2015 Charles C. Lee
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Gordon Moore has perhaps done more to revolutionize our modern world than any other scientist, but few may know about his achievements.  On this episode, Arnold Thackray discussed the life and times of Gordon Moore.
Topics: moore's law, Gordon Moore, Silicon Valley, groks, technology
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Jul 16, 2015 Samantha Thomas
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What do movie stars, ocean sunsets, and the fundamental laws of physics all have in common? Today we discuss the concept of beauty with theoretical physicist and Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek. He’ll explain how the universe embodies beautiful ideas and the ways this realization has affected his work.
Topics: quantum physics, physics, Frank Wilczek, beauty, groks science show, science
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Jul 10, 2015 Charles Lee and Frank Ling
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What exactly is aging? How do we measure it and does everyone age at the same rate? On this program, Dan Bleksy answers these questions and what our appearances tell us about the age of our organs.
Topics: aging, CRP, telemores, biomarkers, cellular damage
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In this episode we discuss the experiences of Drs. Jeffrey Mueller and Allison Cavallo in their mission trips to Nigeria and other African countries where they guided head and neck surgeons as they provided high level care in underserved populations. 
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Jun 24, 2015 Charles Lee and Frank Ling
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Our food supply is so integral to our lives that few may notice the degree of processing involved.  On this episode, Megan Kimble discussed unprocessed foods.
Topics: science, groks, food, unprocessed
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Jun 18, 2015 Samantha Thomas
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On today’s show, author and journalist Rachel Swaby joins us to discuss a few of the substantial contributions that women have made to science.
Topics: Rachel Swaby, women, women in science, groks science show, science
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Jun 11, 2015 Charles Lee and Frank Ling
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Chronic stress causes negative impacts to the brain but caffeine can help to mitigate these effects. On this program, Rodrigo Cunha discusses the relationship between caffeine, stress, emotions.
Topics: caffeine, stress, emotions, alcohol, stimulants, adenosine, coffee, tea
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Jun 3, 2015 Charles Lee
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Artificial intelligence and robotics will change the economy of the future.  On this episode, Kip Marlow discussed the economics of AI.
Topics: AI, robotics, groks, science
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May 29, 2015 Samantha Thomas
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On today's show, journalist and author Steven Kotler discusses how science fiction ideas have moved from the imagination of authors to real innovations that will impact our lives.
Topics: Groks Science Show, Steven Kotler, Science fiction, robotics, evolution, bionics, genetic...
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May 22, 2015 Charles Lee and Frank Ling
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The countries of the world have not yet come to a global agreement on limiting the greenhouse gases that cause climate change. While technology will play a crucial role in addressing this grand challenge, how can innovations be developed appropriately in various developmental contexts while meeting the aspirations of humanity.  On this program, Nobel Laureate Yuan T. Lee discusses the Future Earth program and shares his thoughts on sustainability and science.
Topics: icsu, future earth, sustainability, grand challenges, social science, resources, nature, solar
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May 13, 2015 Samatha Thomas
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Cases of Alzheimer's disease are expected to rise as Baby Boomers age. Despite years of research, we still don't understand much about the actual development of the disease and how to treat it. On this episode, Dr. Melissa joins us to discuss some of the recent research implicating two different proteins, tau and beta-amyloid, and new approaches for treating this disease.
Topics: Groks, science, alzheimer, tau, beta, Groks science show, Alzheimer, Tau, Amyloid, Melissa Murray
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May 7, 2015 Samantha Thomas
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Millions of people paid to watch the Mayweather Pacquiao boxing match. Why? To help us understand our fascination with fighting, we talk with English professor and cage fighter Dr. Jonathan Gottschall.
Topics: Jonathan Gottschall, boxing, mixed martial arts, violence, gender, groks, psychology
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Apr 29, 2015 Charles C. Lee and Frank H. Ling
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What is epigenetics and how can our lifestyle influence the expression of our genes?  On this episode, Dr. Mitchell L. Gaynor discussed the gene therapy plan.
Topics: science, genes, therapy, groks
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Apr 23, 2015 Charles Lee and Frank Ling
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In different periods of the Earth's past, scientists have speculated that the planet was covered in glacier. But how do we know this? On this program, Daniel Herwartz shows how the past climate can be reconstructed through oxygen isotope analysis. 
Topics: snowball earth, precambrian, oxygen isotope, climate, glaciers, Antarctica
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Apr 16, 2015 Samantha Thomas
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In their pursuit of truth and understanding of the natural world, scientists have been known to step on some toes. Especially contentious are findings that have implications for a specific group of people, which raises the question of whether pursuit of truth and pursuit of social justice are, at times, incompatible. Today Professor Alice Dreger reflects on this with stories of conflicts between social justice activists and scientists from her new book Galileo’s Middle FIinger.
Topics: Alice Dreger, social justice, science, groks, Galileo, gender, transgender
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Apr 13, 2015 Charles Lee and Frank Ling
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Affordable and efficient energy storage is the holy grail of energy technology. To date, a breakthrough chemistry has yet to materialize but scientists are working hard on this challenge. On this program, Maher El-Kady join us to talk about the science and synthesis of graphene based storage devices.
Topics: batteries, super capacitors, energy storage, graphene, Mg04, energy storage, graphene, MgO4, super...
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Apr 1, 2015 Samantha Thomas
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Have you ever wondered if it’s really okay to get all 13 essential vitamins from a gummy bear? What makes them essential anyway? Catherine Price, author of Vitamania, joins us on the show today to discuss the history of America’s confusion and obsession with vitamins.
Topics: vitamins, nutrition, health, science, groks, Catherine Price
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Mar 23, 2015 Charles C. Lee and Frank H. Ling
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Parenting is a daunting task, but separating science from pseudo-science in child rearing is even more challenging.  On this episode, Dr. Stephen Hupp dispelled the great myths of child development.
Topics: science, technology, groks, child, development
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Mar 18, 2015 Adam Cloe
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Advances in genomics are allowing us to see how a person's DNA interacts with their environment and lifestyle to influence his or her health. As our understanding of the human body improves, doctors may be able to diagnose diseases sooner and tailor treatments to match a patient's DNA, lifestyle and environment. On this episode, Dr. Eric Green discusses how next-generation genomic technology and the President Obama's initiative to advance "precision medicine" will impact the future of...
Topics: Eric Green, personalized medicine, genetics, genomics, DNA, health, precision medicine
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Mar 16, 2015 Charles Lee and Frank Ling
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While medical advances have helped to overcome many life threatening illnesses, cancer still strikes fear in many. Is there a way to identify early stage cancer while treatments are an option? On this program, Sanjiv Gambir discusses the detection of tumor cells using blood sampling.
Topics: cancer, detection, circular DNA
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Mar 4, 2015 Samantha Thomas
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That male and female brains are wired differently is simultaneously well-accepted and controversial. In his work, Dr. Ruben Gur, Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, has studied functional and anatomical sex differences in the brain. On this episode, we discuss his findings and what they mean for the way we think and how we interact.
Topics: gender, sex, neuroscience, brain, psychology, Ruben Gur
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Feb 24, 2015 Charles C. Lee and Frank H. Ling
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End of life care is rarely discussed, although it is perhaps one of the most important conversations that one must have.  On this episode, Dr. Angelo Volandes discussed end-of-life medical care
Topics: science, medicine, palliative care, end of life, death, groks, conversation
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Feb 18, 2015 Samantha Thomas
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Professional football players today play a highly regulated game, but the toughest rules of all are the laws of physics. Today professor of physics at the University of Nebraska, Dr. Timothy Gay, discusses the physics of football. 
Topics: physics, football, timothy gay, super bowl
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Feb 13, 2015 Charles Lee and Frank Ling
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X-rays have come a long way. Since being recognized as the phenomena that led to the first first Nobel Prize in Physics, x-rays are widely used as a medical tool and to elucidate the structure of matter. On this program, Janos Hajdu and Thomas Eckberg, discuss the latest frontier in x-ray imaging.
Topics: x-rays, blue-green algae, nanometer, SLAC, Uppsala
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Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer mortality in American men, with 1 in 6 men being diagnosed in their lifetime. On today’s show, Edwin Reyes tells us about the role of the androgen receptor, which senses and responds to testosterone,  in circulating tumor cells. He’ll discuss the implications for potential therapies as well as our understanding of the molecular basis for cancer.
Topics: prostate cancer, hormones, immunology